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BV News and Trends November 2021

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Insurer not required to defend valuation firm in ESOP lawsuit

A valuation firm can no longer force its professional liability insurer to defend a lawsuit challenging the firm’s ESOP valuation because the case’s surviving claim falls under a policy exclusion, a federal court has ruled.

BV News and Trends September 2021

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Insiders Examine Michael Jackson Estate Valuation Dispute

Testifying experts for the estate give their main takeaways from this fierce dispute with the IRS.

Major win in ESOP valuation case vs. DOL

A district court has ruled “decisively” against the Department of Labor (DOL) in an ESOP valuation case, stressing that the DOL failed to follow standard valuation practices.

Expelled partner should get FMV—but of what?

An Oregon appellate case deals with compensation for a partner’s 25% interest in a business after he is expelled from the firm.

BV News and Trends August 2021

A monthly roundup of key developments of interest to business valuation experts.

Pourmoradi v. Gabbai

This California appellate case reviewed the trial court’s decision that discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability were not appropriate in determining the value to be paid to the plaintiffs in this corporate dissolution case where the remaining 50% owners exercised their right to purchase the plaintiff’s 50% interest in the LLC.

California Appellate Court Remands for Application of Trial Court of Wrong Standard of Value Denying Discounts

This California appellate case reviewed the trial court’s decision that discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability were not appropriate in determining the value to be paid to the plaintiffs in this corporate dissolution case where the remaining 50% owners exercised their right to purchase the plaintiff’s 50% interest in the LLC.

Michael Jackson estate valuers give rare inside look

Experts for the estate of pop superstar Michael Jackson presented a fascinating look at how the valuations were done for the “tax trial of the century” in a BVR webinar.

Discounts inappropriate under controlling agreement, appeals court finds

In a buyout dispute involving a limited liability company, the Oregon Court of Appeals recently overturned a trial court’s decision to apply discounts when valuing the departing member’s minority interest.

Interesting question on the Michael Jackson case

There were three main valuation matters in the case of the Michael Jackson estate versus the IRS, and the estate prevailed in two of them (see our most recent coverage here).

ESOP litigation has become ‘risky business,’ says Alerding

As BVWire recently reported, the latest development in the long-running Brundle ESOP litigation is a lawsuit the trustee has filed against the very ESOP appraiser it once had hired to work on the case.

Michael Jackson case featured on BVR ‘power panel’ July 27

Experts involved in the high-profile case involving the Michael Jackson estate versus the IRS will discuss the contentious valuation issues in the case during a BVR webinar, Power Panel: Estate of Michael J. Jackson v. Commissioner.

Another wrinkle in the Brundle ESOP case

Although the district and appellate courts in the landmark Brundle ESOP case ruled years ago against the trustee, Wilmington Trust, litigation related to the case is not over.

Tax Court resists tax affecting in Michael Jackson case

Although the U.S. Tax Court recently handed the Michael Jackson estate a decisive victory regarding the estate’s tax liability, the court did not side with the estate on tax affecting, an issue that has preoccupied valuators, many of whom are proponents of the practice, for a long time.

In Jackson case, Tax Court dismisses IRS expert’s revenue projections as ‘simply not reasonable’

When Michael Jackson died, his image and likeness was besmirched, and yet, once competent executors took charge, they were able to make a lot of money for the estate in the immediate post-death years.

Dipak Patel v. Siddhi Hospitality, LLC

This case dealt with compensation for a partner’s 25% interest in a business after he was expelled from the business. The appellate court remanded the case to the trial court for a recalculation of the compensation without the inclusion of discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability. The trial court allowed those discounts on the theory that the expelled partner was to receive the fair market value of his 25% interest in the entity. The appellate court determined that the operating agreement required him to be compensated for 25% of the FMV of the assets of the LLC and not the FMV of his 25% in the LLC entity.

Oregon Appellate Court Disallows Discounts for Lack of Control and Lack of Marketability

This case dealt with compensation for a partner’s 25% interest in a business after he was expelled from the business. The appellate court remanded the case to the trial court for a recalculation of the compensation without the inclusion of discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability. The trial court allowed those discounts on the theory that the expelled partner was to receive the fair market value of his 25% interest in the entity. The appellate court determined that the operating agreement required him to be compensated for 25% of the FMV of the assets of the LLC and not the FMV of his 25% in the LLC entity.

Connecticut Supreme Court clarifies double-counting rule

In a recent decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court clarified this jurisdiction approach to double counting (or double dipping).

Personal v. Enterprise Goodwill in Florida Divorce Cases: What the Appellate Courts Say

In the wake of the recent King case, this is an analysis of marital dissolution case law from the Florida Supreme Court and the five District Courts of Appeal (DCA) of Florida that relates to the valuation of personal and enterprise goodwill in that state.

Court of Chancery adopts deal price, adjusting for synergies and tax savings

In a statutory appraisal action, the Delaware Court of Chancery recently adopted the deal price minus synergies as the best indicator of fair value.

Tax Court issues highly anticipated ruling in Michael Jackson case

In the long-running litigation between the estate of the late megastar Michael Jackson and the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Tax Court recently issued its opinion on the value of Jackson’s image and likeness, as well as the value of his interest in two music publishing assets. Overall, this much-anticipated decision is a major win for the Jackson estate. The court’s momentous decision includes an expansive analysis of the rivaling valuation testimony.

In Appraisal Action, Court Determines Fair Value Using Deal Price Minus Synergies and Adjusting for Increase in Value From Signing to Closing of Merger

In a merger action involving a publicly traded company, dissenting shareholders sued for a higher value than the deal consideration. Under the applicable appraisal jurisprudence, the court calculates fair value using the deal price minus synergies and adjusting for the change in value of the target between the signing and closing of the transaction.

In re Appraisal of Regal Entertainment Group

In a merger action involving a publicly traded company, dissenting shareholders sued for a higher value than the deal consideration. Under the applicable appraisal jurisprudence, the court calculates fair value using the deal price minus synergies and adjusting for the change in value of the target between the signing and closing of the transaction.

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